Loudon Activity Centre & Boathouse

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We are seeking your feedback on a proposed Activity Centre and Boathouse for Loudon Park, a culmination of many years of effort by several different groups to improve amenities for activities in the park. Please review the three options and then take the survey.

Loudon Park is a busy waterfront park on Long Lake enjoyed by many and is home to the Nanaimo Rowing Club and the Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club. Both clubs offer a variety of rowing and paddling programming for all ages, including lessons, programs and hosting competitions. NCKC has called Long Lake their home since forming in 1988 and the Rowing Club since 1992. Both clubs require improved boat storage and facilities for their club members.

The Park's amenities are also in need of updating, and potential upgrades would also include new and accessible public washrooms, upgraded playground equipment, and improved and accessible waterfront access. Plans for the park also include environmental enhancement, preserving natural areas as much as possible, rehabilitation of riparian vegetation and reforestation, as well as areas to manage storm water. At the same time, utility upgrades will be tied in with the project work and will include - servicing the new building with utilities, as well as replace and relocate approximately 81m of ageing sanitary sewer main that runs through the park.

Through the design process, three options for an activity centre and boathouse have been developed. The proposed facility would be fully accessible, modernize and upgrade existing public washroom facilities, and provide upgraded storage for the various clubs' watercraft and equipment. Universal in all three options is the public accessible washroom areas and the roof structure.

The concept for the structure is a signature re-curved timber-framed roof form from the shape of the waterline on the sides of boats as they move through the water.


OPTION 1:

This option is the final iteration of the design process and incorporates:

  • accessible public washrooms
  • exterior showers for beach and lake users
  • proposed boat storage - the large volume required to accommodate canoes, kayaks and rowing shells is designed to be as transparent as possible and is fully glazed on three sides, accessed through overhead garage doors on the east side, permitting views through the building to the lake beyond.
  • club areas including; administration area, physical training areas and showers, washrooms and support spaces are arranged along a wide 'working corridor' that carries on the approach from the parking areas through the building,
  • A multi-purpose community meeting space overlooking the lake. This space is independently bookable by the general public. This room has a full kitchen and provides storage for tables and chairs to support the various functions.




OPTION 2:

This option is similar in form and layout to Option 1 but with two differences:

The multi-purpose community meeting space has reduced functionality, as the full separate kitchen is replaced by a small in-room kitchenette and the storage area for tables and chairs has been eliminated.

The glazing of the boat storage area is replaced with wire fencing to maintain security, and leaves the area open to the weather. Provisions will be made to permit glazing to be installed at a future date.



OPTION 3:

This option also retains the basic roof and building form but similar to Option 2, the glazing in the boat storage area has been replaced with wire fencing, and the storage area itself has been reduced to the bare minimum required, with no allowance for future growth.

There is also reduced program and function space - the multi-purpose community meeting space and the associated washroom have been eliminated and replaced with an exterior covered patio available to the public.

The training facilities have been reduced, and the associated washrooms and showers eliminated, as well as the entry and lobby space, intended to allow travelling competitors and their support people an interior area to meet and gather.


Both the Flatwater Training Society and the Rotary Club are actively fundraising to continue to contribute up to $100,000 each to the realization of the project.

We are seeking your feedback on a proposed Activity Centre and Boathouse for Loudon Park, a culmination of many years of effort by several different groups to improve amenities for activities in the park. Please review the three options and then take the survey.

Loudon Park is a busy waterfront park on Long Lake enjoyed by many and is home to the Nanaimo Rowing Club and the Nanaimo Canoe & Kayak Club. Both clubs offer a variety of rowing and paddling programming for all ages, including lessons, programs and hosting competitions. NCKC has called Long Lake their home since forming in 1988 and the Rowing Club since 1992. Both clubs require improved boat storage and facilities for their club members.

The Park's amenities are also in need of updating, and potential upgrades would also include new and accessible public washrooms, upgraded playground equipment, and improved and accessible waterfront access. Plans for the park also include environmental enhancement, preserving natural areas as much as possible, rehabilitation of riparian vegetation and reforestation, as well as areas to manage storm water. At the same time, utility upgrades will be tied in with the project work and will include - servicing the new building with utilities, as well as replace and relocate approximately 81m of ageing sanitary sewer main that runs through the park.

Through the design process, three options for an activity centre and boathouse have been developed. The proposed facility would be fully accessible, modernize and upgrade existing public washroom facilities, and provide upgraded storage for the various clubs' watercraft and equipment. Universal in all three options is the public accessible washroom areas and the roof structure.

The concept for the structure is a signature re-curved timber-framed roof form from the shape of the waterline on the sides of boats as they move through the water.


OPTION 1:

This option is the final iteration of the design process and incorporates:

  • accessible public washrooms
  • exterior showers for beach and lake users
  • proposed boat storage - the large volume required to accommodate canoes, kayaks and rowing shells is designed to be as transparent as possible and is fully glazed on three sides, accessed through overhead garage doors on the east side, permitting views through the building to the lake beyond.
  • club areas including; administration area, physical training areas and showers, washrooms and support spaces are arranged along a wide 'working corridor' that carries on the approach from the parking areas through the building,
  • A multi-purpose community meeting space overlooking the lake. This space is independently bookable by the general public. This room has a full kitchen and provides storage for tables and chairs to support the various functions.




OPTION 2:

This option is similar in form and layout to Option 1 but with two differences:

The multi-purpose community meeting space has reduced functionality, as the full separate kitchen is replaced by a small in-room kitchenette and the storage area for tables and chairs has been eliminated.

The glazing of the boat storage area is replaced with wire fencing to maintain security, and leaves the area open to the weather. Provisions will be made to permit glazing to be installed at a future date.



OPTION 3:

This option also retains the basic roof and building form but similar to Option 2, the glazing in the boat storage area has been replaced with wire fencing, and the storage area itself has been reduced to the bare minimum required, with no allowance for future growth.

There is also reduced program and function space - the multi-purpose community meeting space and the associated washroom have been eliminated and replaced with an exterior covered patio available to the public.

The training facilities have been reduced, and the associated washrooms and showers eliminated, as well as the entry and lobby space, intended to allow travelling competitors and their support people an interior area to meet and gather.


Both the Flatwater Training Society and the Rotary Club are actively fundraising to continue to contribute up to $100,000 each to the realization of the project.

  • Loudon Park Improvement Plan

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    The first improvement plan for Loudon Park and Walkway was developed in 2006 and adopted in 2007. An update of the improvement plan was put through public process through 2009 and 2010 and adopted by Council in 2010.

    Efforts have been made in the interim years to replace the facility as the clubs, Nanaimo Rowing Club and the Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club, continue to operate with constraints in space, outdated facilities, and security issues.

    The two clubs concentrated their efforts together by forming the Long Lake Flatwater Training Society as a means to focus towards the development of a new facility at Loudon Park that could meet both the clubs' needs.

    In 2019, the Rotary Club of Nanaimo North approached the City of Nanaimo and the two clubs to partner with them in fundraising and providing impetus to the project. The Rotary Club is hopeful to bring the building to fruition to mark the club's 50th anniversary in 2022 and to support local youth and access to sports facilities. Both the Society and Rotary have actively worked with the City of Nanaimo through the design phase and have contributed financially to the design development.

    All three organizations are pursuing fundraising efforts and will provide up to $200,000 in financial support to the project ($100,000 each from the Rotary Club and the Flatwater Training Society), if approved to move forward to the construction phase.


    Loudon Park Improvement Plan

  • History of Loudon Park

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    Loudon Park, part of the Wellington neighbourhood, was acquired by the City of Nanaimo in 1984. The park is named for William (Bill) Loudon, a World War I veteran, who purchased 700 acres of land in the area from the Dunsmuirs, which included the Wellington Cemetery and a portion of his land was dedicated a public park. He homesteaded and mined the remaining land. The lands formed part of the town of Wellington, which was a distinct community from the City of Nanaimo, until amalgamation with Nanaimo in 1974.


    Loudon family pictured in historical photo in front of Dunsmuir house, circa 1900Loudon family at former James Dunsmuir house, ca. 1900



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